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Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

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Address: Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
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+254 720 650869
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Peaceful, informative walk in the forest.

I thought the Kaya Kinondo was a nice experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made our experience a very pleasant one. It is hard to absorb all of the information they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
Emellee
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Saginaw, Michigan
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Saginaw, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

I thought the Kaya Kinondo was a nice experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made our experience a very pleasant one. It is hard to absorb all of the information they tell you, but I definitely learned a lot. The forest is beautiful and you definitely feel something more as you walk through the old religious sites. If you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

Kaya Kinondo offers a cultural side to Diani. It's past the main road so I would recommend having them send a piki piki to pick you up. The tour it's self is interesting you learn about the plants and their uses along with the history and spiritual beliefs of the Digo. Afterwards you go through the village which is quiet... More 

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Sluis, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

This was a very special visit of one of the last remaining sacred forests of the original tribe of the Digo, one if the nine Mijikenda people

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cambs
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

this is a great place to go , you will be supplied with a lot of information and is extremely interesting place to go which i am sure you will enjoy.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Traversing through the sacred forests was both scary and also exciting for me. Scary because the traditions demand that women wrap around their hips with kikoy, and also in the forest you have to observe some degree of restraint in noise levels. Exciting because the forest is pristine, a fresh breath of nature,

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

My wife visited this Kaya Kanondo forest and came back extremely exited about the culture of the Digo community, the many varieties of trees in this forest and reverence to which the Digo community behooves this sacred forest. Nice place to visit for nature walks and great info on indigenous trees.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

At this time and age it is very important for communities to realize the need for environmental conservation and sustenance. You will get to appreciate this facts and efforts once you get to visit the Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest as you take a walk and learn about the various types of trees as well their medicinal values

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2015

Taking a walk through the sacred forest was beautiful and almost magical. It's unbelievable that many of these forests have been destroyed.

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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2015

The Experience of Kaya Kinondo – the sacred forest cannot be described by words alone. One has t obe ready to receive in order to experience. I discovered that the deeper I went, the more still and serene it became. I not only found tranquillity and an unusual kind of peace but also came to realize what life was all... More 

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Nuremberg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

We have been annoyed with the beachboys on the Tiwi/Diani beach as everybody was/is/ and propably will be. One of these guys (called himself Jeyjey)even scammed us for 2000 Ksh (he didn't show up!!!), but we have found a rare exception. Luchi Hassan came to us on Tiwi beach, he told us, that he can take us with his Motorcycle... More 

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